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Old 11-10-2004, 12:55 PM   #1
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Clutch Master cylinder

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My car wouldn't go into gear last Thursday, so I called Ford. (My car being under warranty) They pay to tow it and they say whoops it is the clutch master cylinder that is a mechanical part and therefore not covered under the extended warranty. (I was at 36200 miles, 200 miles over the base warranty) I raised hell and they agreed to pay for the part (only about 38 bucks) They say it should only be about a day... Friday they say that they had to order the part, call back Saturday... Saturday they get the part but need a new tool call back Monday... Monday they got the tool but the Master Cylinder they got was bad, call back Tuesday... they got the part so let’s see what happens.

Now for the question, why in the heck should my clutch master cylinder fail after 36000 miles? In retrospect it has never been right; I have noticed that the shifting was particularly tight and that occasionally I missed shifts, something uncharacteristic. Sometimes it would “pop” out of gear. None of these problems seemed very big it was sporadic events that I blamed on myself… but now what if the clutch is toasted because I had a “bad” master cylinder all this time. Ford won’t cover it because it’s a “wear item” Yet it wore prematurely due to a “bad” mechanical part.

I love my focus but this experiance is definitely making me less brand loyal…


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Old 11-10-2004, 11:16 PM   #2
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They fixed mine no problem, and it was most likely because the previous owner had drilled holes into the firewall for wires (most likely hitting the master cylinder).

It all depends on your dealer's attitude. And it doesn't help how hit and miss the focus is on quality, most of the '03's hold up very well but they're still very hit or miss.
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